Class in Session with Jeb Bush is a series of video conversations with the visionaries of today. Created specifically for secondary school students and relevant for the classroom, these 20-minute virtual conversations—hosted by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush—draw out personal and professional experiences and, especially important, elicit advice for America’s next generation from leaders across the nation. Submit your questions today!
“In a pandemic-changed world, our fast-growing virtual connections are transforming education before our eyes. Class in Session is an opportunity for America’s most accomplished and visionary leaders to reach students across the country.
“I’m personally inspired by these leaders and their contributions, and I am grateful for their commitment to education and this opportunity to support and supplement learning in the virtual classroom with their experience, insights and advice.”
Governor Jeb Bush, founder and chair of ExcelinEd
Lessons in Civics
with Secretary Condoleezza Rice
As a world leader and prolific trailblazer, policymaker and scholar, Dr. Condoleezza Rice shares her insights into the importance of democracy and civic engagement to the future of our country. She also shares anecdotes from her service on the front lines of history—from growing up in Birmingham, AL, to becoming the nation’s first African American woman to be appointed as U.S. Secretary of State.
Lessons in Coding
with Hadi Partovi
As a global innovator and technology leader, Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi shares his thoughts on how computer science builds foundational skills in logic, problem solving and creativity. Partovi reflects on how lessons from his life experiences—from his childhood growing up in Iran to becoming a successful entrepreneur and founding a non-profit—could benefit today’s students.
Lessons in Faith
with Cardinal Timothy Dolan
As a leader in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Timothy Dolan shares his insights into the importance of maintaining faith through the daily details of ordinary life. Cardinal Dolan shares what his life experiences have taught him—from his young life in St. Louis to becoming the Archbishop of New York and a cardinal of the Catholic Church.
Lessons in Teamwork & Grit
with David Ross
As the Chicago Cubs Manager, David Ross shares his insights on how the perseverance needed to excel in sports can benefit students beyond the diamond. Ross reflects on the importance of teamwork in reaching a shared goal as well as the leadership skills needed to guide a team and individual players to reach their full potential.
Lessons in Media
with Dana Perino
Drawing from her experience on the front lines of media and communications, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino shares insights on public service, mentoring and what it is like to answer—and ask—the tough questions.
Lessons in the Arts
with Romero Britto
“Brazilian-born and Miami-made” founder of the Happy Art Movement, Romero Britto, shares his insights on his journey as an artist. He also talks about the significance of arts in education as well the importance of discipline and friends.
Lessons in Governing
with Mitch Landrieu
Former New Orleans Mayor and former Louisiana Lt. Governor, Mitch Landrieu, shares his perspectives on the appropriate role of government during crises, as well as his experiences in running one of our nation’s most treasured cities.
Lessons in Media & Sports
with Jim Nantz
CBS Sports Commentator Jim Nantz shares insights from his long-time career as a sports broadcaster and the significant role that sports play in American society.
Lessons in Leadership
with Dee Bagwell Haslam
Dee Bagwell Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns and CEO of RIVR Media Companies, discusses leadership and the importance of philanthropic engagement.
Lessons in Entrepreneurship
with Evan Spiegel
Co-founder and CEO of Snap, Inc., Evan Spiegel, shares his insights on entrepreneurialism, innovation and the future of work.
Lessons in the Arts
with Brad Meltzer
New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer shares insights from his successful career as an author and his thoughts
on why writing is such an important element of a student’s education.